Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Lace Up

Reebok Zigkick Alpha
I'll admit that running isn't always my favorite activity, but after months of cold weather I'm anxious to take my workouts outdoors. If you're like me and can't wait to run outside, make sure you've got the perfect pair of kicks ready to go. Spring is right around the corner!

Not sure how to choose the right ones? Here are the basics:
  • Know your feet. If your feet roll inwards (over pronate), then choose shoes with extra stability and motion control. If your feet roll the opposite way (under pronate), then choose shoes with a lot of flexibility and cushioning. Note that high arches often lead feet to over pronate and flat arches have the opposite effect. 
  • Know the road. What surface will you most likely run on? If you're running on sidewalks or roads, lightweight shoes with cushioning will be just right. However, if you're more likely to be running trails, you might want a shoe with more stability and traction. 
  • Know where to go. Skip department stores and head to a place that specializes in running shoes. Often, they'll have you run on a treadmill to test the shoes and the pronation of your feet, so you'll walk away with a more appropriate shoe for you. Try to swing by after work or at the end of the day, when your feet are at their largest. 
Tip: It can be difficult to walk out of the store with a shoe that didn't catch your eye on the shelf, but what looks good might not be the best fit for your feet. I've learned this lesson time and time again- make sure you find a shoe that will help you perform at your peak, even if you sacrifice a few style points. Happy Shopping!

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